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More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression Paperback – September 2, 2003

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Koplewicz, a prominent child psychiatrist and founder-director of the NYU Child Study Center, begins his careful analysis of teen depression with a number of alarming statistics. One in five teenagers reports a major depressive episode for which he or she did not receive treatment, and 20-40% of teens with major depressive disorder (MDD) develop bipolar disorder within five years. Depression, says Koplewicz (It's Nobody's Fault), often starts "silently and slowly," and it can be difficult for parents to determine what's a psychiatric disorder and what's typical adolescent moodiness. With case studies drawn from his experience as a clinician and a solemn, meticulous exploration of the "arc of depression"; life events that can trigger it; the relationship between mood disorders and gender and sexuality; as well as treatments that provide relief and other pertinent topics, Koplewicz's important volume offers parents both a better understanding of adolescent psychological struggles and a practical guide to finding appropriate healing measures.
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A comprehensive primer for worried parents of teens. -- Washington Post

Heartening, knowledgeable, and useful...fascinating reading. -- Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1st edition (September 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399529128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399529122
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. A Flory on April 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
*More Than Moody* is an interesting and very readable book that should be very helpful to parents who want to understand the warning signs of depression in their teen or college-age kids. Depression is discouragingly common today among young people, and all too often parents--especially those with with ambitious, successful kids--refuse to admit their child might have a problem. This denial is understandable, but it often has disasterous consequences. Dr. Kopelwicz does a good job of showing that severe depression can strike any young person, often for no apparent reason, and that avoiding the problem is not an option.
This book's major failing is that it grossly oversimplifies the complexity of depression, and makes treating it look much easier than it often is. Dr. Koplewicz seems to believe--almost as an article of faith--that making a depressed teen well is simply a matter of getting them to take their Prozac, or possibly some other SSRI. This was his approach to Jesse, a high achieving college student disabled by persistent depression.
Jesse's case study was extremely interesting--particularly in showing the ways his successful parents dealt with their gifted son's increasingly severe decline. Jesse's story also revealed a number of problems with Dr. Koplewicz treatment philosophy.
Jesse apparently did better when he was on Prozac, but quit taking it repeatedly. Dr. Koplewicz blames the length and severity of Jesse's depressive episodes on his noncompliance, and his failure to see himself as having a diseased brain that needed drugs to function effectively.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Reynolds on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a mother who has two children that have suffered from teenage depression, this book is a true breath of fresh air. Koplewicz sheds light to the distiction between regular behavior and clinical depression in an entertaining and informative way that I have not experienced after personally researching the topic for five years.
Thank you Dr. Koplewicz.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"More Than Moody" is an outstanding resource for parents and others who are concerned about the emotional and psychological health of adolescents. The narrative provides lucid insights into the clinical presentation of depression and bipolar disorder in youth -- enabling parents to recognize the appropriate "red flags" and best interpret their child's symptoms. The book also provides readers with a clear and thorough understanding of the different approaches to effective treatment and resources that are available to them. The book includes many clinical case studies which serve to not only lend a personal perspective and add poignancy to the narrative, but further illustrate and reinforce the many key points of the author. As with Dr. Koplewicz's other excellent book (It's Nobody's Fault), this book is written in a style that is as easy to read as it is informative. "More Than Moody" is a "must read" for all concerned parents of middle school and high school students.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
More Than Moody is the best book I have read on adolescent depression. It is clear, comprehensive and easy to read. The stories about the teenagers and their families are fascinating and very informative. Even though my own children are still very young, I experienced chronic depression when I was a teenager and this book caught my eye. I am glad it did because it gave me new insights in what we now know about teen depression , new treatments that work and what happens to these kids when they get older. The story about Jesse, who is 15 when he is first seen and is now 30 hit home. I felt like I was watching as an observer in this young man's therapy and life over the years. This is a great book.
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